Donald Trump Signs Executive Order On Election Meddling

Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return from Bedminster New Jersey to Washington U.S

Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return from Bedminster New Jersey to Washington U.S

"This is meant to be a very broad effort to prevent foreign manipulation of the political process", national security adviser John Bolton said during a briefing Wednesday. The executive order is partly an attempt to preempt those efforts.

The administration has also leveled sanctions against Russian Federation on numerous occasions as punishment for the Sergei Skripal nerve agent attack, interference in the 2016 election and other "malign" activity.

The order described by a United States official familiar with its drafting as "another tool in the tool kit" to deter election interference by foreign adversaries, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Rogers also sought to correct previous media reports that Trump had told him to publicly state that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

During a press conference with the Russian leader, Trump undermined the United States intelligence community's universal conclusion that Russia had made attempts to attack the 2016 U.S. presidential election, through digital interference and other methods. The methodical leaking of sensitive political information will also qualify as interference.

In order to avoid overlap with congressional legislation aimed at the same goal, the order does not require congressional input or feature specific directives aimed at lawmakers.

Bolton said the order was necessary to ensure a formal process and authorisation for sanctions, but he said he was in talks with lawmakers about legislation as well.

United States lawmakers have introduced various pieces of Russia-related legislation, including the "Deter Act", to set out punishments for election meddling, and what one lawmaker called a sanctions bill "from hell" to punish Moscow for cyber crime and its activities in Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere.

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"We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of this issue-that it's something he cares deeply about". "The integrity of our elections and our constitutional process are a high priority to him".

"Today's announcement by the administration recognizes the threat, but does not go far enough to address it". Acting on the law, the Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against 24 Russians, striking at allies of Putin.

Trump has been dogged by accusations that he has not given enough credence to foreign interference in the U.S. election system, including in the 2016 race he won against Hillary Clinton. "Unfortunately, President Trump demonstrated in Helsinki and elsewhere that he simply can not be counted upon to stand up to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin when it matters", said Warner, who is sponsoring the bill. The order, according to administration officials, is broad in terms of who and what can be sanctioned. That legislation is focused against Russian Federation, as compared with the more ecumenical order announced by the White House.

Coats said US intelligence and law enforcement agencies were looking broadly for evidence of interference.

"We have seen signs of meddling not just from Russian Federation, but from China, from Iran and even North Korea".

"We are looking forward, using the basis of 2016 as a warning that doesn't happen again", Coats said, promising round-the-clock monitoring through November.

"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, and said they think it's Russia", Trump said.

The sanctions would block U.S. financial activities by those implicated in the election interference and those individuals would be prohibited from entering this country.

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